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Green June beetle

Cotinis nitida


Beautiful green and bronze beetle with a matte shell. About 3/4 inch in size. The legs are copper and bright metallic green. Adults are active in the day.


Elevation 3000+ ft, temperate mountain forest.


Not to be confused with the Japanese beetle, or its cousin Cotinis mutabilis, which is found primarily in the southern US.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Figeater Beetle.
Cotinis mutabilis Figeater beetle

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 10 years ago

No worries, Conor! Thanks again for the help. Apparently the two species are easily confused.

ConorSheaWing 10 years ago

I am so sorry, I looked up Japanese June on google and that's what the first link on Wikipedia was.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 10 years ago

Thanks for the help with the ID, ConorSheaWing. I have to disagree with your species suggestion, though. My spotting is out of Cotinis mutabilis's range. I think this is the June beetle, Cotinis mutabilis, whose eastern range fits much better.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

New York, USA

Spotted on Aug 20, 2013
Submitted on Aug 23, 2013

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